This week our nature group visited Amy’s Farm. We have loved Amy’s Farm for years, there is so much to offer for the whole family in a variety of capacities.
Why We Like It:
The Heart of the Farm: Amy’s Farm is one of those places where you leave knowing it’s a special place. Their desire to educate, to give back to the community, to love others, it’s all evident in the way they run the farm and treat those who visit. During our tour Farmer Randy came and talked with the kids about the need for young people to become farmers so that they can keep the farming tradition alive. He also taught them how God gave us sun, water, seeds and our hands to grow plants. I just love that the heart of the farm isn’t simply to exist but to teach and encourage others.
They Give Back: Amy’s Farm has established relationships with various food banks within the Inland Valley and they donate fresh produce to the food banks. Do you know how rare it is to find fresh, organic produce at a food bank? I just think it’s so cool that they give to the food banks. If you visit you can also bring canned goods to donate and they will take them to the food bank when they deliver the fresh produce.
The Organic Produce: During your tour you will tour the organic garden and pick some of the veggies that are growing. I love that my kids get to see where food comes from. I think it’s so important for our kids to understand that food doesn’t just magically appear at the grocery store. There are hard working farmers who grow our food. This is a great opportunity for them to see that. Amy’s Farm also has a farm stand where they sell fruits and veggies, organic beef, organic pork, eggs, goat cheese, goat’s milk soap, raw honey and other goodies.
It’s SO fun: Seriously the farm is just so fun. You get to pet goats in the petting zoo, milk a cow, brush a horses and feed the pigs. It’s really just so much fun.
Picnic Area: There’s a big grassy area and picnic benches suited for large or small groups. After the tour we headed over there to have a snack and let the kids run around in the grass field. The kids had a blast.
What Should You Bring?
- Water Bottles
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, etc. (there’s not much shade and it can get really hot in the spring and summer so be prepared for that)
- Rain boots if you have them. Rain boots are the best because you’ll be walking through mud and poo and they’re so easy to wash off when you get home. If you don’t have rainboots then definitely wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Cash or Credit Card to buy some goodies from the farm stand and to tip your tour guide
Things You Should Know:
- The farm is mostly stroller friendly. It is all dirt or wood chips but I’ve used a cheap Graco stroller there with little problem. If you have an infant, I’ve found it best to bring both the stroller and the baby carrier because you can ditch the stroller for a bit while you meander through the garden with the baby in a carrier. Belle is a year and a half and while she wasn’t easy to redirect, she was able to walk the whole tour without problem.
- You can book a tour for groups of 10 or more. If you want to just go with your own kiddos, you can call and see if there’s a tour you can join.
- The tour lasts between 60 – 90 minutes
- Cost is $8-$10 per person depending on what tour you do. Kiddos under 2 are free.
- You and your kiddos can volunteer! I’m hoping to get my kiddos out there this summer to help out. I know the farmers usually need the most help pulling weeds. We have volunteered once in the past but I’m hoping we can do more in the near future. Click here for more info.
- They have some really great events and workshops for kids, adults and the whole family so be sure to follow them on FB to get the latest news. Some of our favorites are the 8 week farm class called Fun on the Farm with Your Little One, which I posted about here and Bethlehem in the Barn which is a special event they do during the first week of December to kick off the Christmas season.
- Amy’s Farm is a non-profit organization who not only educates the public but also cultivates and preserves the land. If you love what they’re doing, you can make a tax deductible donation to support the preservation of the land and maintenance of the facility while furthering their educational programs.